Bellator 208 takes place the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y. on October 14 (AWST). The event is headlined by the second semi-final of heavyweight MMA World Grand Prix, featuring Fedor Emelianenko (37-5, 1 NC) up against Chael Sonnen (31-15-1).
“The sambo fighter [Fedor] looks to build off of his impressive knockout victory over Frank Mir (18-12) at Bellator 198, which came just 48 seconds into the bout,” stated in the press release. “A former PRIDE FC Heavyweight Champion and PRIDE 2004 Heavyweight World Grand Prix Champion, ‘The Last Emperor’ now has his eyes set on the Bellator MMA heavyweight belt; a title that he is merely two wins away from.”
“With 28 of his 37 career victories ending in a finish, Emelianenko will undoubtedly pursue yet another highlight-reel knockout when he squares off with “The American Gangster” for a place in the World Grand Prix final.
A day earlier, Matt Mitrione (13-5-0) goes up against Ryan Bader (25-5-0) in the first semi-final of WGP which headlines Bellator 207 held at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT.
The main card at Bellator 208 features five bouts, following a preliminary card comprising ten contests. A complete lineup can be found below.
Bellator 208 fight card
Heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko vs. Chael Sonnen
Lightweight Benson Henderson vs. Saad Awad
Heavyweight Cheick Kongo vs. Timothy Johnson
Middleweight Alexander Shlemenko vs. Anatoly Tokov
Featherweight Henry Corrales vs. Andy Main
Catchweight (175 lbs) Robson Gracie vs. Jamal Pottinger
Strawweight Jennifer Chieng vs. Jessica Ruiz
Welterweight Shaquan Moore vs. David Meshkhoradze
Flyweight Sukhrob Aydarbekov vs. Tommy Espinosa
Lightweight Jerome Mickle vs. Nick Fiore
Featherweight Frank Buenafuente vs. James Gonzalez
Middleweight Eric Olsen vs. Jeremy Puglia
Lightweight Ryan Castro vs. Dennis Buzukja
Welterweight Mike Diorio vs. Drews Rodriguez
Flyweight Christian Medina vs. Zarrukh Adashev